by Stacey Carroll, Contributing Writer
In current times, it is no longer cheaper to eat out than it is to eat at home for the single person. A typical fast food combo can cost as much as eight dollars. Eating at a sit down restaurant can cost as much as $20. Multiply that by five days a week and we have $100 spent simply on eating out.
The trick is learning how to cook quickly and healthy for one. Meats can be purchased in bulk along with a box of ziplock freezer bags. Roasts are between $8.00 and $14.00 a piece. However, if you cut them into two and three ounce portions. you can freeze enough meat for well over a week. The same can be done for chicken. Simply cut the breast in half and freeze them in their own ziplock bags. Vegetables can also be bought frozen for between .99 cents and $2.59 for larger bags. Add in a bag of rice and you have enough meals for eight to ten days for about $35 to $40.
Once you have your meat portioned and frozen, preparing meals in 30 minutes or less is a breeze. To cook, put some water in a pan and take out a freezer bag of meat. Drop it into the water. Boil for 10 minutes or long enough to thaw the meat, then add your vegetables and rice. You should have a healthy and filling meal in about thirty minutes with no leftovers to put in the refrigerator.
Stacey Carroll is the author of the thriller series - Avia. She also authors the paranormal erotica series - The Blooddoll Factory. Stacey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. she went to college at Indiana State University (ISU) and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace in the professional pilot program. She has flown Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, the Piper Seneca and the King Air. She also graduated with a minor in computer science that specialized in web design.
She has always been interested in reading and writing, and the first book she was ever read was the Grimms Brother's Fairy tales. From the ages of 6 to 11, she read the Nancy Drew series. By the age of 11, she had graduated to Stephen King novels. A few of her favorites include Carrie, Tommyknockers, The Dark Tower Series up to book 3 (That's where it stopped in the late 80s/ early 90s), Pet Semetary, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, It, Cujo, Christine, The Eyes of the Dragon and Thinner (Richard Bachman). In her teen years, she moved on to Anne Rice and got through about four of those books before they degraded. If you've ever read Anne Rice, you know book 5 isn't readable. Stacey has read a couple Harry Potter books as she was introduced to them in the early 2000s, and she's never read or watched anything Twilight or 50 Shades. Sorry. I'm a vampire purist, and nothing needs to be said about the latter. You already know.
She is currently an author and freelance writer. She received an honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in 2008 for a short story entitled The Field. In 2014, she was published in 13 Stories by Us by MacKenzie Publishing.
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